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FIFA president Blatter resigns amid scandal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday amid the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA's world governing body. Speaking at a news conference in Zurich, Blatter said a special election would be held shortly to appoint his successor.

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Goodell tells NFLPA he'll hear Brady's appeal

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has formally rejected the NFL Players Association's motion to recuse himself as arbitrator of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal hearing June 23.

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NBA union to investigate concussion protocol

The NBA union has hired neurologists to examine the league's concussion policy and determine whether any changes are needed to prevent players from playing with an undiagnosed concussion.

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Why did Sepp Blatter resign now?
Soccer 

ESPN's Bob Ley wonders about the timing of Blatter's resignation: "In terms of the money, the alleged bribes have gotten closer and closer to the throne, closer and closer to FIFA," as the No. 2 guy there came under suspicion.

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Final: Nationals blank Blue Jays 2-0
MLB 

Jordan Zimmermann struck out four and walked one through eight shutout innings on the way to the W and Toronto's first shutout of the season. Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Box score

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MLB 

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Giants OTAs today were not open to media. Official recap of practice on team’s site makes no mention of Odell Beckham Jr.

Wes Welker open to return to Patriots
NFL 

Said the free-agent WR, who had a messy divorce from the team in 2012: "I wouldn't be opposed to it. It's a great organization, obviously, and a great team. It wouldn't be the worst situation in the world." (via 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston)

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NFL 

NBA seeking college coaches again

Fred Hoiberg joins Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens as recent NBA coaching hires from the college ranks, after years of spotty results. Is this the start of a new trend? Making the jump

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Welker-Pats reunion not impossible
NFL 

RB LeGarrette Blount and LB Brandon Spikes returned after messy exits. Could WR Wes Welker? Mike Reiss' take: "I would say right now it's unlikely, but ... a couple injuries and that picture can be dramatically altered."

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adidas statement on Sepp Blatter

"We welcome FIFA's commitment to change. As stated before, the adidas Group is fully committed to creating a culture that promotes the highest standards of ethics and compliance. Today's news marks a step in the right direction on FIFA's path to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do."

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Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

I think Fred Hoiberg has already uttered more words to the media in the last seven minutes than Tom Thibodeau did in five years.

Hoiberg, Thibodeau not similar
NBA 

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle: "[Fred] Hoiberg is so polar opposite in personality from [Tom] Thibodeau that the buzzword you keep encountering is 'anti-Thibs.' One NBA executive I spoke to raved about Hoiberg, calling him a 'great guy with absolutely no ego.'" Strategy different, too (Insider)

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NBA 

Why Adrian Peterson reported today
NFL 

Ben Goessling explains: "He decided it was time to come in and get back to work. I think he realizes he's going to be [in Minnesota], and if he's going to be here, he might as well put his best foot forward and try to help this team win."

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FIFA presidency: Who's next?
Soccer 

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says the real problem with FIFA -- and what the next president needs to fix -- is "the culture within FIFA."

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Soccer 

Bulls hire Fred Hoiberg as coach

The former Iowa State coach will be the ninth man to coach a Bulls game since the departure of Phil Jackson. The previous eight combined to win 5 of 15 playoff series, while Jackson won 27 of the 30 playoff series he coached for the Bulls.

What can 'Splash Fathers' do for you?
NBA 

Things are a little different for the sons of NBA players. Says Klay Thompson's dad, Mychal: "Not only could they talk to us, but Steph and Klay could talk to the best of the best, the greatest there ever was. A Jordan. A Kobe. A Magic Johnson. ... That's as good as it gets right there.'' Father knows best

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NBA 

Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady appeal
NFL 

The NFL commissioner informed the NFLPA today that he would not honor their request for a recusal: "Based on the unambiguous language of CBA, as well as common sense, I conclude none of the arguments advanced by the NFLPA has merit."

NFL 

To Roland Garros, with love
Tennis 

After upsetting 5-seed Kei Nishikori to advance to the French Open semis, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrote "Roland je t'aime" in the clay, and laid down to be the T. A very simple message: "Roland, I love you."

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Tennis 

Tsonga filled with upsets and love
Tennis 

The 14-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset 5-seed Kei Nishikori in five sets to advance to the French Open semis, where he'll face Stan Wawrinka. After, Tsonga wrote "Roland, I love you" in the clay in French.

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Jeremy Schaap @JeremySchaap

Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas considering calling FIFA hearings. Chairs consumer protection subcommittee that has oversight of sports.